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U11 Boys Football – Bronte Pool Champions!

U11 Boys Football Squad: Alfie, Archie, Callum, Harry, James M, James R (c), Josh, Toby, Tom

Our U11 squad won all five of their matches tonight at the first pool of the Bronte School Games cluster tournament. In doing so, the boys now progress (along with the Pool 2 winners) to the Bradford Winter Games on February 14th next year. Well done!

Match 1: 4-0 v Stanbury

Silsden started with a comprehensive victory against a youthful, but enthusiastic, Stanbury side. Skipper James R notched a hat-trick – turning in from a goalmouth scramble after a corner, knocking in a rebound after Archie’s shot was saved, then prodding in after a long throw. With little defending to do, Tom took the chance to venture forward to grab the other goal.

Match 2: 3-0 v St Joseph’s

In a match against last season’s pool winners, Silsden withstood a bit of early pressure to eventually run out comfortable winners. A quick Archie throw led to James R racing through to grab the opener, and he quickly added a second too. James R then turned provider – beating his man before teeing up Josh for the finish. Toby was assured in reading the play from the back whilst Callum pulled off a fine save from an early St Joseph’s chance.

Match 3: 3-2 v Beckfoot Nessfield

In our closest match of the evening, the team responded brilliantly to going one down by equalising almost immediately. James R was again the creator – breaking down the left and returning the ball (after his initial shot was saved) for Archie to tuck home. Silsden then nosed ahead – James R again – but were pegged back to 2-2 with a second cracking finish from the Beckfoot Nessfield striker. Our preferred attacking route via the left wing again provided the final breakthrough – James R crossing for Alfie to knock in. With the opposition deflated, the boys could have added more but for a couple of glaring misses from Toby and Archie (think Ronnie Rosenthal – a reference for the older readers there…!).

Match 4: 3-0 v Victoria

With confidence high, Silsden brushed aside a physical Victoria side and would’ve had more but for a string of fine interventions from their keeper. James M put in the first before Josh had a fine shot tipped over and Toby put narrowly over the bar from James R’s cross. After a couple of nervy moments were settled by watchful defending from Harry, Josh stole turned in a shot from James R before Toby finally got on the score sheet – mopping up after James R’s Maradona-esque mazy dribble.

Match 5: 1-0 v Oakworth

The squad had identified the Oakworth team as the ones to beat right from the outset – as some players were familiar to them from other events. And it turned out to be the closest affair, with a single goal proving to be the difference. Taking a throw-in from right in front of his manager, James R followed the firm and clear advice to “hurl it right into the mixer,” and before you knew it, Josh was clean through to place it past the keeper (assist: Mr Pickering). Oakworth responded well and an almighty goal mouth scramble after a corner led to Toby and Harry repeatedly blocking resolutely just a few feet from the goal line. With the pressure rebuffed, James R had time for one final trademark dribble but the shot was deflected wide when it looked as if he’d sealed the win in style.

Well done to the whole squad. Callum produced saves when needed, Tom and Harry showed great defensive composure to limit the opposition’s opportunities, our rotating midfield of Josh, Archie, Alfie, James M and Toby worked tirelessly and all chipped in with goals, whilst James R ran the show up top.

Player of the evening: Skipper James R – some fine dribbling and classy finishing.

Goal scorers: James R – 6; Josh – 3; Alfie, Archie, James M, Toby & Tom – all 1.

Year 5/6 Boys’ Football

On Tuesday 25th June, Silsden’s year 5/6 boys’ football team took part in the annual Bradford schools 5-a-side competition at Marley, Keighley.

Silsden were represented by Lennon, Harry MS, Harry S, Saif, Edward, James R and Josh C.

Our first match was against Holycroft. Some sensational passing football allowed us to score 4 unanswered goals, the best of which was scored by Harry MS after a precise long ball from Lennon. Edward scored a hat-trick in this game.

The second match was a narrow 2-1 defeat to St. John’s. After going behind to an early goal, Edward equalised but we conceded almost immediately from the kick off.

The third match was a narrow 1-0 win against Eastwood. Despite creating plenty of chances, only Harry MS was able to put one in the back of the net. Josh C was particularly impressive in defence in this match.

The fourth match was another narrow 1-0 win against Our Lady and St Bernard’s. In this must-win match James scored the only goal from close range. Harry S made some vital saves in goal.

Knowing we needed to win both of our remaining matches to progress, the boys put on a stunning display against Beckfoot Heston – winning the match 6-0 (Harry MS scored 4; Josh and Edward both scored a goal too). Saif added plenty of tenacity in defence; winning the ball back every time it entered our half.

So it went down to the final game against Thackley. A winner takes all match. Thackley were a good team and scored really early on. We created a couple of good chances but didn’t manage to hit the target.

All in all, Silsden gave a good account of themselves. We missed out on qualifying for the quarter finals on goal difference. As ever, great sportsmanship was shown by our players.

Y56 Girls’ Football

The Silsden Squad

It was the turn of the Year 5 and 6 girls to represent Silsden at the Bradford & Keighley 5V5 tournament at Marley A.C.C on Wednesday. With a real mix of experience on the team, the girls performed with great effort and enthusiasm but unfortunately did not progress out of the group stages in a tough competition.

Well done to all the girls! Leah made great progress with her goalkeeping, Grace and Ava were rock solid at the back, Olivia and Abi didn’t stop running, whilst Ebony and Alicea kept on firing shots at goal.

Player of the tournament: Grace – some outstanding defending, positional play and a fantastic partnership with Ava!

Silsden 0-0 Ley Top

In our opening game, Silsden were camped in the Ley Top half for almost the entire game. It was just like watching Arsenal – all the possession but no shots. The closest we came was a looping speculative effort from Alicea. Then right at the last minute, Ley Top almost snatched the winner but for a fantastic save from Leah with her outstretched leg.

Merlin Top 2-0 Silsden

In the ‘purple derby’, both teams started well. After pressure from both sides, it was Merlin Top who took the lead with their star striker breaking clear to slot past a helpless Leah. Silsden then began the bombardment of the opposition goal, with Abi, Alicea and Ebony (several times) going close. With the girls pushing for an equaliser, Merlin Top grabbed a second right at the death (and went on to win the group).

Silsden 1-1 Baildon CE 2

Silsden finally hit the back of the net in Game 3 with Ebony firing in. Dominating the game, we paid the price of pushing for a second and were again hit on the break for an equaliser. Unfortunately, there was little time left to grab a winner.

Silsden 0-0 Lidget Green

In another one-sided affair, Silsden were again unlucky not to grab the vital goal. As in other games, it was Ebony and Alicea – along with Olivia and Abi – leading the assault on the opposition goal but neither could break through.

Bowling Park 0-0 Silsden

Our final game brought our third goalless draw. The post denied Alicea early on, whilst Ebony fired wide when in a great position. The defence, who had been strong all night, stood firm again as Bowling Park pushed forward – tackle of the night going to Ava for a great last ditch interception.

U11s boys football

On Tuesday afternoon it was our year 5 and 6 boys team’s turn to play in a competition at Marley.

The team won 2, drew 1 and lost 2 of their group games. Unfortunately they didnt qualify for the knockout rounds but they played really well and had an enjoyable time.

Well done Ethan, Joe, Sam, James, Alfie, Archie and Jack.

U9s boys football

On Monday evening our year 3 and 4 boys football team took part in a competition at Marley. 

After winning 3 and drawing 2 of their group matches, they qualified for the quarter finals. In the quarter finals they lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw. 

Well done Harry M-S, Lennon, Ismail, Harry S, James, Josh and Edward.

Picture to follow.

Football Champions!

On Monday evening, our year 3 and 4 girls football team won the Bradford schools’ tournament. 

They won all 4 of their group games 7-0, 3-2, 3-1 and 3-0. In the semi- finals they won 2-1. The final was a tense match. Hothfield finally prevailed thanks to a golden goal scored by Lucy.

Bradford U11 Girls Football Champions…again!

For the second consecutive year Hothfield  are the Bradford School Games football champions.

Free-flowing football, penalty saves, top quality goals, bruises & blood and sportsmanship aplenty, Hothfield won 3 and drew 1 of their four group stage matches to top the group. 

Undefeated in their group stage matches, Hothfield progressed to the semi- finals. Hothfield, who up to this point, had played well but not shown their best form, really turned on the style in the semi final, winning 5-0.
The final was simply a fantastic match. Hothfield raced into a 2-0 lead, and led 3-1 at the break. Heaton upped their game in the second half and clawed themselves back to parity. With seconds left, Chloe F went on a mazy run and coolly slotted home a dramatic winner. 

Group Stage:

Hothfield 3-1 Crossflatts

Hothfield 2-2 St Anthony’s

Hothfield 2-1 Fagley

Hothfield 3-1 Lidget Green

Semi Final:

Hothfield 5-0 Baildon


Hothfield 4-3 Heaton

Y3 and Y4 Boys Football

On Wednesday evening we played football at Oakbank. We played 4 matches; winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 1. 

We finished 2nd overall in the competition.

Keighley Schools Football Champions.

For the 2nd consecutive year, Hothfield are the Keighley Schools Girls Football Champions. 

Hothfield played 5 games. Winning 3 and drawing 2. We popped Kildwick to the title on goal difference.

Girls football at Oakbank

girls-football-2016-17The first round of the Oakbank U11 Girls Football competition took place on Wednesday 23rd November.

Game one against Oakworth 5-0 Chloe H scored 2. Chloe F scored 2 and Lucie scored 1.
Game two against Merlin Top 2-0 Chloe H & Chloe F both scored 1 each.
Game three against Steeton 6-1 Chloe H scored 4 Chloe F & Lucie 1 each.
Game four against Parkwood 3-0  Lucie scored 1 and Chloe F scored 2.

Four wins out of four, so Hothfield progress to the finals evening next month.

Well done Hothfielders!